The Critters in James and the Giant Peach

Get to know the critters behind Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach ahead of our fantastical Winter session of production classes!

Spider is a clever creature who becomes a fun-loving older sister to James.

Ladybug immediately takes on the doting, maternal role in James‘ life. 

Grasshoper is the leader of the Insects. Ever the optimist, he assumes a paternal role in James‘ life.

Centipede is a bit of a grouch, but he is ever-loyal to the pack. Will he win over James by the end of the story?

Earthworm is one part gentle spirit, one part coward. Will he be able to gain enough courage to save the day for James and the rest of their Insect pals?

 

So many questions get answered throughout Roald Dahl’s classic story of James and the Giant Peach. Join us on our fantastical journey this Winter by registering for a Winter production class today. Next time, we’ll introduce you to the people in James and the Giant Peach. Who is your favorite insect? Let us know in the comments!

Last Call for Lion King T-Shirts!

Our Fall T-shirt fundraiser is currently underway! Sport your DLC pride and commemorate your studen’s production of The Lion King with a t-shirt (or two… or three). The sale ends on Friday, so order yours today!

These super-soft t-shirts come in both youth and adult sizes, so there’s the perfect shirt for everyone in your family. We’ve partnered again with Custom Ink Fundraising, who will donate a portion of the proceeds back to Drama Learning Center. These shirts help offset production costs and keep your tuition affordable. What does that mean? When you participate in fundraisers like this one, we’re able to raise money for costumes, set pieces, props, and professional theatre technicians. That way, more of the money that you pay for tuition goes directly to paying your teaching artists. We’re committed to keeping tuition affordable, and that’s why we periodically hold fundraisers just like this one. Thank you in advance for supporting your child’s journey in the arts!

This fundraiser closes on Friday, October 20th. We aren’t able to honor any late orders, so make sure that you order yours on time so that you don’t miss out.

Buy a T-shirt

New Broadway Babies Session

If your preschooler can’t wait until January to start the next session of Broadway Babies drama classes, we’ve got some exciting news for you! Due to popular demand, we’ve just opened a new session. Broadway Babies: Pony Parade will run from November 4 – December 16!

Join Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and all the ponies of Equestria and jump into a world of friendship and fun! Students will learn singing, dancing, and acting skills as they work as part of a theatrical team. Class session culminates in a final showcase for family and friends featuring props created by the students during craft time.

Class Time: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am

Class Dates: November 4 – December 16 (No class 11/25)

Ages: 3-5

Tuition: $95

Class starts in a few short weeks– register today!

Going Inside James and the Giant Peach at DLC

The cat’s out of the bag! This Winter, students will perform in their own productions of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Jr. on DLC’s stage. Now that you know what we’re doing, learn a little more about it before you register for a Winter class at DLC.

What’s It About?

 

​When young orphan James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Based on the fantastical tale by Roald Dahl (author of other popular children’s books like Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe BFGand Matilda) with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the duo behind Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen), James and the Giant Peach promises to be a magical adventure.

How will we tell this fantastical tale?

 

The visual elements of this production will nod towards the work of Henry Selick (director of the film adaptations of James and the Giant Peach and Coraline) but we will also derive inspiration from the style of Tim Burton.

Register by October 15th for our Early Bird Discount: $15 off tuition for any of our Production, Beginning Acting, or Broadway Babies classes.

PLUS

 

Any student registered by October 15th will get access on October 16th to buy tickets for our New York City bus trip to see Disney’s Frozen on Broadway! We only have a limited number of tickets and anticipate these seats to sell out very quickly, so register early to save money and ensure you’ll be able to secure your seats to this once-in-a-lifetime trip on the day tickets go on sale!

How to Get a Ticket to DLC’s Annual Spring NYC Trip

One of the many things to love about living in the Mid-Atlantic is our proximity to New York City. Every year, DLC takes a New York City bus trip to see a Broadway show. Past trips have included Disney’s Aladdin, Finding Neverland, Disney’s The Lion King, and Anastasia. 

This year, we’ll travel to the Great White Way to see….

Disney’s Frozen on Broadway!!!!

Do you want to travel with us on April 4th to see Disney’s hit animated classic come to dazzling life on a Broadway stage? Register for a Winter class by October 15th to get our Early Bird Discount AND to have exclusive access to buy Frozen tickets on October 16th. This opportunity will only be available on October 16th to families registered for a Winter Production, Beginning Acting, or Broadway Babies class by October 15th. We have a limited number of tickets, and we anticipate them going very quickly. So secure your spot in Winter drama, save money, and ensure that you’ll have access to buy tickets to our annual NYC bus trip as soon as they’re available by registering for a class today.

What productions will students perform in on DLC’s stage this Winter?

  • Production classes (grades 3-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays) will perform in Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach by Pasek & Paul– the same duo responsible for the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.
  • Beginning Acting classes (grades K-2, Fridays or Saturdays) will perform in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS — one of Disney’s most iconic stories of all time.
  • Broadway Babies classes (ages 3-5, Saturdays or Tuesdays) will learn the basics of storytelling skills through an enchanted lens with Fairy Tale Adventures.

It’s going to be a magical Winter here at DLC, and we can’t wait for you to join us. Register today and save!